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University of Colorado Cancer Center K12 Training Grant


The purpose of this program is to prepare highly qualified clinical therapeutic researchers called Paul Calabresi Clinical Oncology Research Scholars (Scholars) who are capable of:

  • Communicating and coordinating clinical research activities in teams of clinical and basic/be​havioral research scientists to expedite translation of scientific findings into human-oriented research; 

  • Performing independent clinical research that develops and tests rational hypotheses based on fundamental and clinical research findings in order to improve the medical care of cancer patients or to prevent development of cancer in populations at risk; 

  • Managing all phases of clinical trials research, including designing and implementing innovative translational clinical protocols.​​

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 What the Award Provides

  • 2 years of mentored support, additional years depending on productivity, need and available funds ​

  • Up to $100,000 salary plus fringe benefits per annum

  • $30,000 per annum research and educational costs

  • Structured mentoring and defined training program with primary mentor in the scholar's discipline and two or more additional mentors.

  • Scheduled formal evaluation of progress and feedback from Advisory Committee

Specific objectives​

  • Provide a flexible career development program for medical doctors, PhD nurses, and PharmDs who have completed their clinical training and who are committed to a translational clinical cancer research career in an academic setting, as well as basic research scientists committed to patient-oriented cancer research; 

  • Foster interdisciplinary training, communication and interaction through multiple mentoring of program scholars; 

  • Create an ongoing mentorship opportunity to support these junior faculty scholars after their formal career development program ends to ensure their successful transition to clinical research independence.


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 Eligible Applicants

Eligible Scholars are clinical oncologists (M.D., D.O., Ph.D. R.N., Pharm. D. or equivalent) who have completed their clinical training, and Ph.D.’s in a scientific discipline who are pursuing translational human-oriented cancer research and who have completed at least two years of postdoctoral training.  The level of faculty appointment is determined by UCD-AMC Human Resources policy.  Strategies for recruitment of candidates for this PCACOR program (now in its 16th year of funding) focus on junior faculty in oncology disciplines who have already received appointments at UCD-AMC.  Expansion of the program pool to include senior fellows in clinical disciplines as well as basic scientists has permitted expansion of recruitment efforts, but awards are made when Scholars begin their junior faculty status.

  • Scholars will be recruited from all areas of Oncology (e.g., medical, surgical, pediatric, radiation, gynecologic, epidemiology, as well as other basic and clinical disciplines pursuing translational cancer research). 

  • NIH requires that candidates must be U.S. citizens, nationals or permanent resident aliens.  

  • The recruitment pool will target junior faculty who are early (within the first five years) in an academic career focused on Clinical Oncology Research.  

  • Applicants can apply up to 6 months prior to completion of their clinical training or postdoc.

Specific objectives

  • Provide a flexible career development program for medical doctors, PhD nurses, and PharmDs who have completed their clinical training and who are committed to a translational clinical cancer research career in an academic setting, as well as basic research scientists committed to patient-oriented cancer research; 

  • Foster interdisciplinary training, communication and interaction through multiple mentoring of program scholars; 

  • Create an ongoing mentorship opportunity to support these junior faculty scholars after their formal career development program ends to ensure their successful transition to clinical research independence.

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 Application Requirements

Applicants should have completed clinical training in a residency or clinical fellowship or completion of at least two years of postdoctoral training for basic science candidates.

Application documents required:

  • Curriculum vitae including training history, awards, bibliography, presentations, clinical trials; 

  • A detailed personal statement (maximum two pages) demonstrating a commitment to a career in clinical oncology research, personal strengths that will insure success, a discussion of the steps needed to successfully pursue this career, examples of projects and/or the applicant's area of interest, a statement of why the individual should be chosen for the program;

  • Previous Research Experience checklist; 

  • Three letters of reference sent directly to the Program Leader, including a letter of commitment from the applicant’s Chair or Division Head.  This commitment includes guarantee to grantee of 75% protected time (50% for surgeons) as specified in PAR 10-155.​

Specific objectives

  • Provide a flexible career development program for medical doctors, PhD nurses, and PharmDs who have completed their clinical training and who are committed to a translational clinical cancer research career in an academic setting, as well as basic research scientists committed to patient-oriented cancer research; 

  • Foster interdisciplinary training, communication and interaction through multiple mentoring of program scholars; 

  • Create an ongoing mentorship opportunity to support these junior faculty scholars after their formal career development program ends to ensure their successful transition to clinical research independence.

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